With less than a week left of the transfer window, and the leagues now underway, clubs are desperate to make some last-minute improvements and get that final puzzle piece. Here are some of the latest done deals and rumors.
City Signs Bravo
Manchester City has finalized a £15.4 million deal for goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from La Liga champions Barcelona.
Bravo, 33, has signed a four-year deal with City, leaving Barcelona after two seasons where he was splitting time with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Bravo signing has fueled the rumors that Joe Hart could be on his way out from the Etihad Stadium. Bravo has made 100 appearances for the Chilean national team, and was in net as the Chileans won the Copa America Centenario earlier this summer. City manager Pep Guardiola is pleased to have landed Bravo.
“Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad,” Guardiola said.
“He has experience and great leadership qualities and is in the prime of his life. He is a goalkeeper I have admired for a number of years and I’m really happy he is now a City player.”
Barcelona Brings In Cillessen
La Liga champions Barcelona brought in Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax for an initial fee of €13 million.
Cillessen, 27, signed a five-year contract with the club and replaces Bravo. The Nijmegen native spent five years at Ajax, picking up three Eredivisie titles. The fee could rise by an additional €2 million in add-ons. In another step in the goalkeeper carousel, Ajax brought in Tim Krul on loan from Newcastle United.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 25, 2016
Newcastle Finalize Yedlin Move
Championship side Newcastle United finalized a deal for American international DeAndre Yedlin from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old full back cost Newcastle a reported fee of £5 million, and he signed a five-year deal with the Magpies. Yedlin joined Tottenham in January 2015, and spent last season on loan at Sunderland where he made 23 league appearances. Yedlin revealed his excitement to get started at his new club.
“It feels amazing,” Yedlin said. “Newcastle is such a big and historic club, and I’m excited to have the honour of playing for them. Hopefully I can do great things here.”
Yedlin has been capped 39 times by the United States. Yedlin is expected to take over the right back position as Daryl Janmaat left for Watford.
Sampdoria Completes Praet Signing
Serie A side Sampdoria signed Belgian attacking midfielder Dennis Praet from Anderlecht for a reported fee of £8.5 million.
Praet, 22, spent a little more than four seasons with the Anderlecht first team after making his debut in 2011.
“I’m very happy to be here at a big club,” Praet told the club’s official website. “It took a little bit of time but in the end it all worked out.
“I had a very good feeling when I met the people from Sampdoria. Serie A is a very good league and I also heard they have the best fans in Italy.”
— Serie A TIM (@SerieA_TIM) August 24, 2016
Palace Signs Benteke
Crystal Palace was on the hunt for a striker, and the Eagles found their man in Christian Benteke, who joins the team from Liverpool.
The 25-year-old Belgian international cost Palace an initial fee of £27 million, with another £5 million in potential add-ons. He signed a four-year deal with the club.
Benteke left Liverpool after just one season, having joined the Reds from Aston Villa last summer. He scored 10 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season.
“I’m very happy to commit my future to Crystal Palace and I’m looking forward to meeting the manager, the players and the staff,” Benteke said.
“I feel really happy that the deal has been done and now I can look forward.”